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PU roll numbers despatched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
The roll numbers of private candidates appearing for post-graduate examinations of Panjab University beginning on April 12, have been despatched by the examination branch along with other material through courier services and registered post.

Those candidates who do not receive their roll number cards by April 7 can contact the office of the Joint Controller of Examinations for getting duplicate roll numbers on the production of a written request.

They would be required to carry two passport size photographs along with a fee of Rs 40 on April 8 or 9 for getting a duplicate card issued. All such candidates would also be required to bring sufficient documentary evidence of having submitted the examination form as also having fully met with all requirements for appearing in the exam.


Use of IT in social science research discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
A six-day training programme on ‘Research methodology with focus on designing and implementing research proposal in social sciences’, organised by the ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre, Panjab University, began here today at ICSSR complex, Panjab University. The discussion on the first day revolved around selection and formulation of research problems and projects, formulation and testing of hypothesis, research design, sampling, computer-based data collection, processing and analysis, role of Internet and thesis and report writing.

At the inaugural session, Prof B.S. Ghuman, Programme Director, while introducing the programme said, “In an era of knowledge-based organisations, we will lag behind as a nation if we fail to strengthen our understanding of changing contours of social science research methodology aiming to improve the quality and relevance of social science research.”

He added that the purpose of the training programme was to sensitise social scientists about growing emphasis on quality of teaching and research, making the participants familiar with new research methodologies such as qualitative research approach including action research and participatory approach, exposing the participants to the use of information technology particularly Internet in social science research.

Prof S.L. Sharma, Dean Faculty of Arts, Panjab University, emphasised that not all was well with the quality of social science research mainly due to insufficient appreciation of significance and criticality of methodology used by researchers in India. According to him, though information technology (IT) was credited with producing a new knowledge society, both IT and globalisation were as much marginalising knowledge as they were credited for promoting it. “In the present age, knowledge matters and for any organisation to grow, it has to be a research based organisation,” he observed.

In her presidential remarks, Prof Swarnjit Mehta stressed that it was difficult to deal multi-dimensional and complex social phenomenon within watertight compartments. She suggested that a combined social science would take care of various disciplinary view points and look at social reality from various perspectives. A re-look at the quality of research and linking of teaching and research is the need of the hour, she maintained.

Earlier, Mr P.K. Saini, Director, ICSSR, welcomed the resource persons and trainee participants and said the programme was organised with a view to develop necessary skills in research methodology and improve the quality of social science research in the region. Mr Jagat Jit Singh from the ICSSR presented the vote of thanks.

Scientists’ meet from April 6

The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre is organising a three-day “Faculty-students-farmers-scientists meet” on “Atom for peace” from April 6 to 8, under the auspices of Panjab University at the Golden Jubilee Hall of the university.

Five senior scientists from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre will deliver the lectures on the subjects like : Advances in bio-sciences, research & power reactors and nuclear energy in India, natural & artificial radiation: measurements & radioisotopes in industry and Healthcare and Spin off Technologies of the BARC.

The purpose of organising this meet is to sensitise students to the latest work being done in the laboratories.


Govt school sites not to be allotted to pvt schools
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 5
The sites reserved for government schools in the town would not be allotted to private schools as was done in the past.

This was stated by Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, while talking to mediapersons at Sahibzada Ajit Singh Public School where he had come as a chief guest for the prize distribution function held today. He said only those private schools should be allotted sites which aimed at providing quality education to students. The organisations, which merely wanted to set up schools from the commercial angle, would not be encouraged.

Mr Bir Devinder Singh said a regulatory authority, comprising educationists, should be constituted to monitor the functioning of private schools.

The Deputy Speaker said a comprehensive plan for the development of Mohali should be prepared. The growth of the town should be balanced. Efforts should be made to provide a clean environment, proper education facilities, social security and recreational facilities to the residents of the town.

He appealed to the school management to adopt at least one orphan child for providing education. His appeal was accepted by authorities concerned.

Students, who had excelled in the open contest, gave impressive performances before the prizes were distributed.

Following are the names of students who won prizes in the open contest organised by the school during March.

Fancy dress: Sahil, Manreet (I); Sandeep, Parmeet, Dakshi (II); Diya, Jasleen (III). Dancing: Jasneet, Jasleen (I); Sahil, Parinita, Muskan, Ekamdeep (II); Meharbir (III). Drawing: Simran, Harnoor (I); Sahil, Riya, Seerat (II); Parnita, Akansha, Gurjot (III).


Another first to her credit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
Dr Kulwant Gill, Professor of Laws, Panjab University, was the first woman to obtain an LL.M from Panjab University in 1970. She went on to be the first woman to do her Doctorate of Laws from the university in 1983.

Today, she added another first to her credit. She has become the first woman Chairperson of the Department of Laws, Panjab University. With an action plan in place, Dr Gill maintains: “The interest of students would be supreme. A couple of new courses are also on the agenda, provided they are feasible.”

While Dr Gill is keen on starting a diploma in taxation, she says there is growing pressure from politicians and elected representatives for beginning a course giving general information about the laws of the land.

“Though there have been deliberations for starting such a course, the only hitch is that these representative don’t want to take an examination after completion. Without conducting an exam, there is no fun in the course,” she maintains.

Mentioning that the number of girl students has increased manifold since her student days, she says their demand for a separate room has been overlooked. I will take this up on priority,” she asserts.

Recalling her days on the campus as a student, she says: “There were hardly any girls in the department when I took admission. Considering my merit, the then Chairman especially got additional seats sanctioned to accommodate me. I was reluctant to attend classes as there were no girls in the department. But my father insisted and I joined the course. I never thought I would come this far.”

“When I opted for LL.M, the Head of Department told me that failing was a rule and passing was an exception in the course. Also, I was told that no girl had been able to clear the course. I told him that I had taken up LL.M to prove this wrong. Today, in the chair of the HoD, I see my seniors as my superiors. They gave our department a solid foundation. Following in their footsteps, I try to inspire my students to improve their performance,” she explains.

Belonging to a family of freedom fighters, Dr Gill, after joining the department as lecturer, gave her first lecture in the room in which she had attended her first class as a student. “It felt great teaching the students though the joy of heading the department is incomparable. However, there are areas which need improvement,” she adds.

Dr Gill also holds Master’s Degree in Sociology. She started her career as a Lecturer in 1974 and has taught Family Law, Customary Law and Constitutional Law to both LL.B and LL.M classes. Her area of specialisation is Family Law. Author of a book titled “Hindu Women’s Right To Property in India”, Dr Gill has participated in a number of seminars and published a number of papers in various law journals. 


Justice N.K. Sodhi sworn in CJ of Kerala HC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
Former Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge, Mr Justice Nauvdip Kumar Sodhi, was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court at Raj Bhavan in Trivandrum this afternoon. The ceremony, according to information reaching here, was attended by a large number of sitting and retired judges.

Mr Justice Sodhi was transferred to the Kerala High Court in November last year. He was appointed as a Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on March 15, 1991.

Designated senior advocate in 1985, he had specialised in Constitutional, labour, transport, tax and company laws. He remained Chairman of the State Legal Services Authority from December, 1997, to November, 2003. He was also instrumental in the setting up of permanent Lok Adalats in Chandigarh.

Mr Justice Sodhi was also involved in the setting up of a counselling cell for the settlement of matrimonial, labour and other civil disputes.

He was born on November 29, 1943, at Lahore and did his initial schooling from St Edwards in Shimla before doing his law from Panjab University. As a visiting part-time lecturer from 1969 to 1983 at Panjab University, he also taught Industrial and Taxation laws.


Play on Dulla Bhatti
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 5
‘Dhamak Nagar De’ a play based on famous folk tale ‘Dulla Bhatti’ was staged by Theatre for Theatre in association with the National Consumer Awareness Group at Tagore Theatre here this evening.

Starting with an emotional scene between Dull Bhatti and his mother in which the Dulla comes to know about the killer of his ancestors and vows to fight against injustice, the play took the audience back to Emperor Akbar’s court where Dull Bhatti had been condemned to death.

Written by famous playwright Gursharan Singh, the play was directed by Sudesh Sharma who also played the role of Dulla. The cast included Parvesh Sethi, Naresh Bhagat, K K Doda, Gurcharan Dardi, Sukhminder, Jaspal Deol and Satwinder Kaur. Music was composed by Vinod Pawar and Mehar Chand and Satnam Mullanpuri gave his voice for the background songs.


US yoga expert comes calling
Ruchika M. Khanna

His love for the Orient, especially the yogic science of meditation, has brought him here. So while the majority of Indians are experimenting with new age therapies like reiki and pranic healing, Carl Schmidt is back from the US to organise yogic retreats for his friends and disciples here.

The yoga expert, from the US was in town for the past three days, and had organised his retreat at Panchkula yesterday. “The idea behind the visit to India was not just to organise retreats for yoga enthusiasts, but also to visit the land that has kept the faith of yoga alive for thousands of years. Yoga has stayed here through certain individuals and gurus, and I wanted to meet these people,” he says.

Carl Schmidt has not only mastered the art of yoga over the past three decades, but has also written a book — “A Recipe for Bliss, Kriya Yoga for a New Millennium”. If has fetched him rave reviews all over America, as has the interactive website on yoga that he has created — www.thehomefoundation.com. He organises free retreats (classes over the weekend, where the techniques of pranayam and meditation are practised and integrated with life to create an awakening of the inner self. Besides online classes are also held.

His love for the Orient, especially India, is evident from the fact that his children have Indian names — son Jaia and daughter Lily Sita. He is in Chandigarh, on a request of a city-based yoga enthusiast, who wanted him to impart his knowledge of the ancient science to a select group of yoga lovers here. He will leave for Mumbai tomorrow where the will organise sessions of yoga. He will also organise sessions in Goa and Bangalore, during his stay three-week stay in India. Carl Schmidt teaches yoga free of charge.

“ I believe in yoga as a way of life. For me, it is the practice of allowing the body to become reorganised and redistributed according to the original destination of cosmic prana. I am here to spread this message to all, and not to make any financial gains,” he clarifies.

This former member of US Peace Corps is from the generation of the forceful 60’s (wrought with Vietnam war and the hippie culture), to have turned towards the East for solace. “ I taught Mathematics and Physics in the Peace Corps for two years, till I decided to stop by in Japan in 1970. I was interested in Oriental religion, philosophy and spirituality, and learnt Zen Buddhism. Coming to India was a natural progression in order to learn Yoga. I came to India in 1972, and during my stay here, received yoga initiation from different teachers, as I travelled all over North India,” he recalls.

Most of the yoga he has learnt is through books and any other material available on the subject. “ I learnt bhakti yoga, hatha yoga, gyana yoga , karma yoga and kriya yoga. I was eager to learn a technique so that I could begin meditation in a more specific and definite way. After I learnt yoga, and realised its benefit, there was an inherent urge to teach the benefits to the world. Over the years, I have acknowledged that everyone has different patterns of practising yoga. As a teacher, I have experienced a number of patterns being practised by different people. But I encourage this diversification, as Paramhansa Yogananda had himself professed that there are different paths up the mountain, but view from the top is the same.” — TNS


Anuradha Paudwal pays surprise visit to city
Parbina Rashid

For a change the lady luck smiled on mediapersons who have made it their religious duty to visit the airport everyday, ever since Yash Chopra and his unit moved to the city to shoot for his untitled film in its surroundings. The tedious wait, originally meant for Mohan Joshi, a well known villain of Bollywood, turned into a pleasant surprise when playback singer Anuradha Paudwal emerged from the Jet Airways flight.

Looking serene and calm in a yellow saree, Anuradha did not just smile for photo journalists but also spared a few minutes to talk to the mediapersons, despite the blazing sun.

On a spiritual tour to religious places in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, Anuradha has nothing to do with Yash Chopra’s unit. “I am on a tour to religious places like Jwalaji, Chintpurni, Kangra Devi and Vaishno Devi,” she said, before stepping into a private car.

Anuradha, whose career has taken a plunge for the past few years, said she was back again into playback singing. “I am singing bhajans and also for films,” she added, claiming that she had sung five songs for Anil Sharma directed “Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo”. Her recent song “Intezar” for Puja Bhatt’s production “Paap” was received well by the audience.

Her journey into playback singing started with S.D. Burman for film “Abhimaan”, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan. She worked with almost all famous music directors like Rajesh Roshan for “Des Pardes”, Jaidev in “Dooriyan” and “Laila Majnu”, Kalyanji Anandji in “Kalaakar”, “Vidhataa” and Usha Khanna in “Souten” and “Saajan Bina Suhagan”. Her song for “Mere Mann Bajaa Mirang Utsav” won her the first Filmfare award in 1985. “The 90s was the best period for me as far as my career was concerned”, said Anuradha. “I enjoyed singing then because songs were pure melody and lyrics graceful,” she added. How about adopting to the new-age singing and mostly the remix variety which seems to be rulling the roost at present.

“I do not sing if I do not like the lyrics,” she said, adding that her answer for remixes would always be a “big no”.


Home gym for fitness freaks
Monica Sharma

“A bypass surgery costs approximately Rs 5,00,000. Avoid it by going in for a home gym. It is much better and cheaper” — reads an advertisement in a health magazine. But that is not the reason why Reena has purchased a treadmill. The undergraduate student, putting up in Sector 20, wants to “remain fit for a healthy life” without leaving the comfort of her house.

She is not alone. More and more city youngsters are nowadays taking home fitness equipment to shed those loathsome kilograms, or build muscles, without spending hours in commercial gyms.

Catering to their needs are a large number of sports showrooms and stores in the city. They are offering not only treadmills and stationary cycles, but also steppers and elliptical cross trainers.

In fact you can now pick up ordinary equipment by pulling out Rs 5,000 and more. Or else, you can go in for “fully computerised, state-of-the-art, internationally reputed machines” costing up to Rs 2 lakh — depending upon your budget.

Giving details of the equipment, industrialist-cum-national badminton player Ranjan Verma says, “Personal gym consists of 10 to 15 types of equipment for every age group. It helps not only in reducing, but is also useful for people suffering from knee problems”.

He adds, “We are selling as many as 30 to 40 personal gyms and about 70 to 80 steppers every month. This is not all. As many as 15 to 20 treadmills are purchased from us every month”.

The reason behind the popularity of home gym equipment is not so hard to see. Reena hates to wake up early and go for jogging after seeing all those late-night action movies on the television. Slightly overweight, she had joined a gym last year. But left it after a few days.

“Changing clothes and going to the gym to sweat it out for shrinking the girth was too much of a chore for me,” she says. “Otherwise also, the gym I went lacked proper coaching facilities. Even the trainer was giving wrong instructions. That is why I decided to work out at home.”

Another “fitness freak” Raman Sharma adds, “Initially, I was under the impression that the equipment was very expensive. But then I realised that Rs 30,000 and a small room was all that was required for my own gym”.

Today, the young engineer works out at home on a treadmill after playing his favourite music. “I also do dumbbell press and squats, along with bicep curls. You may find it hard to believe, but I have actually lost eight kilograms ever since I started exercising at home,” the Sector 36 resident claims. 


Designerwear from Europe, Far East

For young fashion freaks, here is a good news. Now you can get international brand of designer wear in your own town. “Sweet Sixteen”, which was inaugurated in Sector 8, here today promises to make available everything under the same roof — trendy outfits complete with accessories.

Starting a new trend, the inaugural ceremony presented six models who sported various outfits. In a number of rounds, the girls presented its summer collection — T-shirts, tops, sarongs, capris, skirts, trousers and a wide range of party wear.

“The main emphasis is on Western outfits which are being imported from seven countries in Europe and Far East,” says Mr Alok Jain, who along with his designer wife Rajni Jain, has started this venture. “Our aim is to provide international stuff at an affordable price,” he says.

Here, customers get the benefit of buying directly from the source with no in between chain of wholesalers and retailers, so the pricing starts from as low as Rs 199. — OC


Flying high once, grounded in Telewood now

From the Air Force to directing the perfect family of “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi” and the make- believe world of “Shaka Laka Boom Boom” has been a big leap forward for Parveen Sudan. The young director, hailing from Ambala, has finally arrived in the Telewood.

On a trip to the city for a family function, Parveen Sudan spoke about his foray into films and his settling down in the Telewood. “Life has been a roller coaster ride and I have enjoyed every bit of it. I never planned for anything, just followed my dreams and managed to find my place,” he said matter of factly.

Parveen had joined the Air Force but was too attracted by the glitz and glamour of the film industry to continue for long. “ The Air Force authorities were too happy to get rid of me after seven years of service.

Then, I was posted in Mumbai and became friends with Punjabi film actor Inderjeet. It was in his company that I saw the glamour world from close quarters and this aroused my passion for film making,” he recalls.

Parveen says that after being relieved from the service, he struggled for several months and finally got a break as an assistant director in “Pachtava”, a Punjabi movie.

“The movie did not do very well, but managed to recover its cost. I was free for a few months, till I got an offer as assistant director with Vipin Handa for a movie starring Abhishek Kapoor and Twinkle Khanna, “Uuf Yeh Mohabbat.”

He says that his career did not really pick up even then, though he again got to assist a South African, Yunus, in an art film, “ Marriage of a Red Sari”. “ By this time, I began offers to direct television serials and after directing a few Punjabi serials, I got my big break with Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Productions. I got to direct over 100 episodes of the king of all Indian soaps — “ Kyunki...” from its 142 nd episode, till the serial was fast forwarded by 20 years,” he says.

In the meantime, he also got the offer to direct “Shaka Laka Boom Boom” — the all time favourite serial with children, being aired on Star Plus. But was it not difficult to direct small children? “Yes, it was difficult, because children are not only mischievous, but also moody. I had to be strict with them, but it was a different experience than in “Kyunki...” where all characters had gone into roles completely,’ he says.

What about his future plans? “As of now, I am working on a few Hindi film projects, music videos and tele serials.

But my goal is to one day direct the badshah of hindi cinema- Shah Rukh Khan,” he says, excitement writ on his face. Well, we wish him all the best. — TNS 


Chandigarh Gold Festival begins today

There is great news for those who cannot resist the lustre of the yellow metal. Chandigarh Gold Festival-04 is being organised under the aegis of the Chandigarh Gold Body from April 6 to May 1. Thirtyeight jewellers of Chandigarh and Notified Area Committee, Mani Majra, have joined hands under the Chandigarh Gold Body for the festival, being co-sponsored by the World Gold Council. This is the first gold festival being organised by the council, north of Delhi.

During this festival, purchases made by a customer amounting to Rs 2500 or above, would entitle him or her to lucky gold cards. The final draw of these cards will be held on May 2 and the participants stand a chance to win anything between one kg of gold to 8 gm gold coins.

The time had been specially chosen in consonance with the harvest season, so that rich dividends of the harvest could be invested in gold, said Ms Hiroo Mirchandani, vice-president of the council, here for the opening of the festival.

As a part of the festival, road shows would be organised in Chandigarh and neighbouring areas and advertisements on cable and print media issued by the Chandigarh Gold Body to popularise the designs, said Mr Anil Talwar, a city based jeweller.

He informed that jewellers in the city had put in extra stocks and introduced special designs to attract customers. The shops would be specially decorated to attract customers, and the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) had been requested to inform about the festival to tourists visiting the city.

Ms Mirchandani said such gold festivals had been held by the council successfully all over the country over the past two years. . — TNSBack

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